Feb 4, 2012
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Feb 1, 2012
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.
Roger David Aus
Feeding the Five Thousand: Studies in the Judaic Background of Mark 6:30-44 par. and John 6:1-15
Reviewed by James Crossley
Sex and Religion in the Bible
Reviewed by Stefan Fischer
J. Andrew Dearman
The Book of Hosea
Reviewed by Heinz-Dieter Neef
Károly Dániel Dobos and Miklós Köszeghy, eds.
With Wisdom as a Robe: Qumran and Other Jewish Studies in Honour of Ida Fröhlich
Reviewed by Korinna Zamfir
A New History of Early Christianity
Reviewed by Michael F. Bird
The Book of Amos in Emergent Judah
Reviewed by Daniel C. Timmer
The Paraphrase of Shem (NH VII,1): Introduction, Translation and Commentary
Reviewed by James F. McGrath
Text and Canon of the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by August H. Konkel
William A. Tooman and Michael A. Lyons, eds.
Transforming Visions: Transformations of Text, Tradition, and Theology in Ezekiel
Reviewed by William R. Osborne
Jan 31, 2012
"For narrative critics, then, questions concerning whether Luke’s Gospel was written by a companion of Paul or whether the Evangelist drew some of his material from the Gospel of Mark or from a now lost Q document are irrelevant. These questions are significant for historical critics who wish to make judgments concerning the historical reliability of Luke’s work or who want to determine the theological agenda of the Gospel’s redactor. But they are not significant for appreciating and understanding Luke’s Gospel as a completed work of literature that must, in any case, be interpreted from the perspective of its implied author."
Mark Allan Powell, "Narrative Criticism," in Hearing the New Testament: Strategies for Interpretation, 2nd ed., ed. Joel B. Green (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010), 242.
Jan 30, 2012
I found this statement by Doug Moo as it relates to Paul's view of Christ in relation to the Law interesting.
“We have seen that Paul claims to have derived the essence of his gospel, focused in the epochal significance of Christ, from the revelation of Christ to him on the Damascus Road. Scholars have speculated that the same event might have been the impetus in Paul’s view of Christ as culmination of the Law. For Jesus’ death on a Roman cross would, according to the Law, have marked him as a man cursed of God (cf. Deut. 21:23, which, significantly, Paul quotes in Gal. 3:13). On the Damascus road, however, Paul is suddenly and unexpectedly confronted with the indisputable evidence that Jesus is none other than God’s Messiah. And this revelation confronted Paul with the choice between Messiah and the Law. For if the Law was the final and definitive expression of God’s will, then Jesus could not be the Messiah. But if Jesus was, in fact, the Messiah, then the Law must not have central place in the plan of God that Saul the Pharisee had given it.”
Douglas J. Moo, “The Christology of the Early Pauline Letters,” in Contours of Christology in the New Testament, ed. Richard N. Longenecker (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005), 175.